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Human Rights

Symantec is committed to respecting human rights wherever we do business around the globe. We believe in the importance of upholding human rights, including the rights to privacy and freedom of expression as well as human rights in the supply chain. We engage with our stakeholders to continually refine our approach and related policies and practices.
Our Human Rights Policy statement builds on our commitment to uphold the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and is aligned with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Symantec seeks to protect and advance human dignity and human rights in our global business practices. We comply with the requirements of the United States Government regulation on combatting trafficking in persons.

The U.S. Department of State's TIP Office, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security has developed the following awareness and training materials to help increase awareness and educate on the indicators of human trafficking:

Privacy and Freedom of Expression

As a company operating in the information communications and technology (ICT) space, we must consider all the ways our software and services are used. To the degree that there is a potential for misuse of our technologies, our responsibility is to be aware of and advocate against these abuses, and to the degree possible, implement safeguards to prevent them.
As the world’s information security leader, Symantec follows a rigorous privacy policy to protect our customer’s information. Read more about our privacy policy in the Your Information page.

Responsible Sourcing

Symantec evaluates human rights risks and opportunities in its supply chain through rotating country audits across its regional operations. These audits help ensure the integrity and transparency of Symantec’s product and service supply chain, and help us more closely adhere to the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human rights.
We have made strides to improve our human rights practices over the last few years:
  • In 2012, the human rights policy was incorporated into Symantec’s internal country audits
  • In December 2013, the company issued its first policy on Conflict Minerals.
  • In January 2014, Symantec was accepted as an applicant member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition. The EICC’s Code of Conduct prohibits the use of forced, bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labor, involuntary prison labor, slavery, or trafficking of persons. Symantec has adopted the EICC Code for our own operations and expects our suppliers to adhere to the code also.
Please refer to Supply Chain Responsibility for more information about our supply chain practices and policies.